Dreamtree Project at Starbelly Jam

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This gallery contains 12 photos.

Photos by Joel Pelletier www.joelpelletier.ca Featuring Adham Shaikh, Uwe Neumann, Gurpreet Chana, Marty Carter, and yours truly, Ben Johnson performing at the 2015 Starbelly Jam music festival.

A Dream of Tulum


A “dreamscape” produced with field recordings from Tulum (Q. Roo) and Merida (Yucatan), Mexico. The Caribbean Sea breeze playing the strings of an Aeolian harp, a Guitarrón surreptitiously plucked, a Mayan ritual re-enactment.

released 24 June 2014
Caty Petersen (Aeolian harp), Indira Beatrix (laughter).

The Hands That Fed Me

This 4-minute short film, created for the food film contest over at realfoodmedia.org, represents my first original film score! Narrated by Lee Reidl – all audio recorded, performed and edited by Ben Johnson – and with a tight deadline too. Let me know what you think!

the Outworld Orkestra

Live world fusion/acoustic-electronic music project with Adham Shaikh, the Outworld Orkestra (www.outworld-orkestra.com) brings together the talents of artists from around the sphere adding unique and exotic instrumentation, dance and visual media to Adham’s organic and electronic sounds. The collaboration of the musicians with dance & visual art creates global music tapestries that take listeners on sonic journeys transcending time and place.
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Universal Frequencies (Adham Shaikh, 2010)

Composer/Producer Adham Shaikh‘s sixth major release “Universal Frequencies” features Ben Johnson on oud and frame drum on track 9: “Desert Dub”.
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Gesundheit! (Heavy Shtetl, 2010)

Recorded in one take in one room with one microphone, Gesundheit! is the second release by Nelson BC’s premiere klezmer jazz outfit, Heavy Shtetl. Featuring Ben Johnson on drums & darbukka.
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Drumming with Youssoupha Sidibe

What an honour and a workout to perform with the kind and powerful Youssoupha Sidibe, playing his Senegalese kora, with Robbie Roots on bass guitar.

Shot on iPhone by Christine Hamilton – July 24, 2012 at the Royal on Baker, Nelson BC
After one 4-hour rehearsal!